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Why Science of Mom

I am formally trained as a scientist, but at the start of this blog, I am also a soon-to-be a mother. I have a PhD in Nutrition. In the lab, I study fetal development, so I should know a thing or two about pregnancy. My husband is in his medical residency. And yet, as we embark upon the adventure that is parenthood, we are faced with many questions. Within a week of learning that we were pregnant, I encountered big decisions: How do I limit my exposure to dangerous substances in the lab? Should I take fish oil and how much? How much should I exercise during the first trimester? Being a scientist, I am generally not satisfied to do a quick internet search and read a few random opinions. I don’t even trust my husband’s opinion half the time (drives him nuts!). I prefer to read peer-reviewed scientific literature – lots of it – and then form my own opinion. This is of course a time-consuming process, and I figure that if I am going to do thorough research on a topic, maybe I could share what I learn about science and parenting through a blog. My goal is to translate science – “The Science of Mom” – to a wider audience of inquiring parents who want to know what is best for their children. I also intend for this blog to serve as a record and journal of my own journey into parenthood.

I know I probably sound a little naïve to an experienced parent right now – because I am naïve. I have very little idea of what I am getting myself into with this parenting thing, and I know that I won’t be able to answer everything with science. I encourage my readers to comment with their own experiences, scientific or not, and to tell me when my science is just plain silly. This is also the point when I should say that I am not a physician, and I do not intend to hand out medical advice. If I should address a medical topic, please use it as a discussion-starter with your doctor. This blog is in no way a substitute for medical consultation. That being said, I will do my best to present the most accurate, science-based information possible.

Enjoy the site, and please, keep in touch and let me know how I am doing.

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